We at A Bar Above love to talk about skinny cocktail recipes that are already “no carb,” low sugar, etc. So we’re taking our “no carb” experimentation to the next level and attempting to omit the sugar from some popular cocktails to see what happens– just in time for summer.

The star of the show? The Mojito!

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Granted, it’s not a “real” Mojito without the sweetener (traditionally simple syrup), but I found that this cocktail actually fares pretty well, even when missing all of the sweetness.

I think the fresh mint leaves and sparkling water really make a big difference in preventing it from getting too tart– and in a way, it becomes an even more refreshing drink, especially on a hot summer day.

That said, if you’re going to make a “skinny” mojito, I would recommend using a little less citrus than your traditional recipe, and lots of extra mint so that this classic cocktail riff doesn’t turn out too sour. (But I love that minty flavor, so take that advice with a grain of salt. I will always add additional mint leaves.)

Note: In this mojito recipe, we are stirring because of the soda water/club soda used. Traditionally, you’d shake a classic mojito cocktail in a cocktail shaker– which you can still do here.

If you feel so inclined, simply shake all ingredients other than the soda water in a shaker tin with ice cubes and then top with the water and stir. Either way, you don’t typically strain the freshly muddled mint.

I know, I know. That’s a pretty nice looking cocktail muddler, right? I thought so too – but I’m biased, because we actually designed it ourselves! If you want one (ahem, highly recommended, especially for recipes like this one), check it out in our shop!


Whether you consider it a take on a fizz, Rickey, or sour, this mojito makes a great sparkling drink. It’s certainly one of my favorite cocktails– but we’re experimenting with making it “skinny” by taking out the cane sugar… In fact, this version doesn’t have any sweetener at all, so it’s kind of a fizzy mint lime drink with rum!

And of course, we have a classic mojito recipe if you prefer the refreshing flavor and sweetness of traditional mojitos. Let me know in the comments or over in our Facebook community group whether you like the original mint mojito or this lighter version of a sugar-free mixed drink.

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Skinny Mojito

Whether you consider it a take on a Fizz, Rickey or Sour, the Mojito is a great sparkly drink. We’re experimenting with making it “skinny” - without any sweetener at all!
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  • 2.0 oz Rum We used Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum
  • .75 oz Lime Juice
  • 10-15 each Mint Leaves
  • 10-15 oz Sparkling Water


  • Add mint leaves to a highball/Collins glass and lightly muddle.
  • Add lime juice, rum, and ice.
  • Top with soda water.
  • Stir and garnish with fresh mint tops.